The trouble with imagination

Stanley Young, a statistician with the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, commenting on research findings that connected the incidence of eating cereal for breakfast with the likelihood of giving birth to a boy:

“The human imagination seems capable of developing a rationale from most findings, however unanticipated.”

I am thinking sub-prime mortgages … political polling … quarterly reports … dieting fads … talk radio … racial profiling … weapons of mass destruction … trickle-down economics … pyramid schemes … the Office of Management and Budget …


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